Feb. 14, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team boasted four hat tricks en route to a 17-7 victory against Richmond in the Terps' season opener Sunday at the Practice Turf Field.
Karri Ellen Johnson, Brandi Jones, Caitlyn McFadden and Kate Faas all netted three goals apiece as the Terps moved to 17-0 all-time against the Spiders. Johnson, who scored five goals in her collegiate debut at Richmond last season, also led Maryland in draw controls with seven. McFadden tacked on four assists for a team-high seven points on the day.
The Terps only needed 20 seconds to begin the scoring frenzy as Amanda Spinnenweber teamed up with fellow captain McFadden for the first goal of the season. Three minutes later, McFadden converted a free position shot followed by a pair of scores from Faas, who saw her first action since 2008. Richmond did not score until midway through the first period when Maryland went a man-down after a yellow card as Tara Coyle put the game to 4-1.
Sarah Mollison, who led Maryland in assists in 2009, picked up her first helper of the year when she found Jones from over top of the cage with 13 minutes remaining in the first stanza. The Terps lined up a similar play for its next score but this time it was McFadden who found freshman Katie Schwarzmann for her first collegiate score. McFadden and Jones went to back-to-back on a pair of unassisted scores prior to Richmond putting together a small scoring streak with two goals to close out the half with an 8-3 Maryland advantage.
Despite falling temperatures, the Terps heated up in the second half, outshooting the Spiders 17-8 in the period. Maryland rolled off four-straight scores to start the session, including three by Johnson and one from Spinnenweber. Richmond's Molly Early snapped the streak with a free position goal with 18 minutes remaining. Faas capped her hat trick off another McFadden assist before Richmond cut the Terrapin lead back to eight.
Kristy Black and Jones each scored to keep the clock rolling with a ten-goal cushion for Maryland with 15 minutes left in the contest. Richmond put that to a halt briefly with a goal from Kara Moschetti before McFadden and Danielle Kirk concluded Maryland's explosive afternoon.
Sophomore Brittany Dipper was the keeper of record after making six saves in the match. The Terps were a stellar 10-for-10 in clears. Laura Merrifield had a team-high three caused turnovers as Brittany Poist scooped up three of Maryland's 19 ground balls on the day.
"This week was a challenge but our facilities and grounds people did an outstanding job of making this game happen," Reese said, commenting on Maryland's change of venue due to the impact of last week's blizzard. "I am thankful we were able to play today. With it being the first game, I think we had a few jitters bringing the ball from one end of the field to the other but we really tightened that up in the second half. I thought we really turned on our re-defending in the second half and we were able to force quite a few turnovers."
Maryland returns to action next Sunday when it travels to Penn State for a match against the Nittany Lions at 1 p.m. in University Park, Pa.